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Network TV BBC Week 13: 27 March-2 April

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Ashes To Ashes Ep 1/8

New series
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Day and time to be confirmed BBC ONE
Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes return for a final time in the time-travelling drama
Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes return for a final time in the time-travelling drama

Ashes To Ashes, starring Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes, returns for a third and final series – and it's a real slap in the face for DI Alex Drake. Time-travelling copper Alex thought she'd made it home to the present day but wakes to find herself in a hospital bed back in 1983, having been shot by her boss, DCI Gene Hunt, three months ago.

Back in CID a lot has changed; Gene is on the run, Ray Carling has been promoted to DI and is running the show, DC Chris Skelton and WPC Shaz Granger have ended their romance and new discipline and complaints officer, DCI Jim Keats, is breathing down everyone's necks.

Jim has been sent by Scotland Yard to investigate the shooting of Alex, putting Gene and his team under the spotlight. But it soon becomes clear that Gene and Jim have history as Keats throws some unexpected light on past events. Jim's presence puts a strain on the team which is exacerbated when Gene is forced to turn in his badge until his name is cleared.

The team is investigating the kidnap of a young girl, Dorothy Blonde, who was abducted as her stepmother walked her to school. With a £50,000 ransom demanded for Dotty's life the team has to work fast. However, Dotty's father, David, wants to go it alone and when newly promoted Ray panics while running the sting, it seems the family may have been better off without CID's involvement. Gene is forced to put his career on the line as he's unable to stand by and watch a young girl lose her life.

Meanwhile, Alex is being haunted by the ghost of a young policeman and with a gentle nudge from Jim she decides her only hope of getting home is to discover the truth about Gene Hunt and unlock the dark secrets of the past.

DCI Gene Hunt is played by Philip Glenister, DI Alex Drake by Keeley Hawes, DI Ray Carling by Dean Andrews, DC Chris Skelton by Marshall Lancaster, WPC Shaz Granger by Montserrat Lombard, DCI Jim Keats by Danny Mays, Dorothy Blonde by Jadie-Rose Hobson, Marjorie Blonde by Tanya Franks and David Blonde by Simon Merrells.

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Blood And Oil Ep 1/2

New series
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Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO
Naomie Harris and Jodie May star in Guy Hibbert's powerful drama
Naomie Harris and Jodie May star in Guy Hibbert's powerful drama

Award-winning writer Guy Hibbert returns to the BBC with a powerful drama about two British women and their extraordinary journey deep into the hinterland of the Niger Delta – a beautiful but highly dangerous region of Nigeria. Blood And Oil boasts an impressive and diverse cast including Naomie Harris (Pirates Of The Caribbean, 28 Days Later), Jodhi May (Einstein – Eddington, The Street, Friends And Crocodiles), Paterson Joseph (Survivors), David Oyelowo (Five Days) and Peter Firth (Spooks).

In the remote jungles of the Niger Delta, heavily armed militants attack an oil installation, kill several security guards and kidnap four Western oil workers. A leading militant group is fighting for control of Nigeria's oil wealth and seeking reparations for the pollution of the Delta by foreign oil companies. Kidnappings of oil workers are common, and the ransoms generated are used to finance the group's operations.

One of the kidnapped workers is Mark Unwin. Back in the UK, his anxious wife, Claire, is assured by his employers, Krielson International, that his speedy release is a mere formality. As the kidnappings are motivated by money, the hostages are always returned alive and in good health. Nonetheless, Claire travels to Nigeria to seek her husband's release.

Ed Davis gives up-and-coming Krielson PR executive Alice Omuka the task of caring for Claire until her husband is released. Alice comforts Claire and the two women warm to each other. Almost immediately there is good news – Mark is to be freed the next day. Sensing a PR opportunity, Alice suggests that Claire could be present at the handover to greet her husband. But after journeying deep into the creeks to the handover point, they are greeted by a truly terrible discovery.

In the chaos that follows, the women discover that nothing is what it seems. Accusations are made by conflicting interests and life no longer appears safe. As the women dig deeper for the truth, Alice meets an inspirational local community leader, Keme Tobodo, who leads her to question her version of what she believes to be true.

Claire and Alice realise that they are being systematically lied to. But, why? Claire is stricken but determined to uncover the truth about the heinous events that have occurred and begs Alice to help her.

Mark Unwin is played by Tom Fairfoot; Claire by Jodhi May; Alice Omuka by Naomie Harris; Ed Davis by Paterson Joseph; and Keme Tobodo by David Oyelowo.

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Blood And Oil Ep 2/2

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Malcolm (Peter Firth) has some unwelcome news for Claire
Malcolm (Peter Firth) has some unwelcome news for Claire

Claire's investigations into her husband Mark's activities before his murder lead her and Alice to a seedy bar frequented by oil workers, as Guy Hibbert's powerful drama concludes.

To her horror, Claire learns from perpetual bar slouch Malcolm that her husband was having an affair with Angel, a local girl. When she investigates further, Claire is told of her husband's involvement in a scheme to smuggle prostitutes to London.

Later, however, local journalist Noel insists this is just a ruse to get Claire to go home. He is certain there is a bigger secret to be unearthed.

Keme Tobodo is imprisoned and Alice threatens local military commander Tunde Toye in order to get him freed. She has made a powerful enemy – as she discovers when she is abducted by one of Toye's men. Alice manages to escape and returns to the hotel, where she finds pictures showing Noel's corpse. His shocking murder is a warning to her.

Determined to learn the truth about Mark's death, Claire and Alice go into the creeks to meet the militants who kidnapped him and his colleagues. After a terrifying journey into hostile jungle, they arrive at the camp. Held at gunpoint, they learn the shocking truth about what Mark had been planning and how gravely out of depth he became once corrupted by those around him.

Mark had been planning to blow up one of Krielson's oil rigs, to get the company to cease operations in Nigeria, thus allowing another company in, who would pay handsomely for the privilege. Krielson decided Mark had to be stopped. Toye, for his part, was only too happy to assist, as the discovery of the bodies would give him licence to strike back at the militants.

Alice and Claire finally return to the UK, keeping this revelation to themselves – Alice to preserve stability in the Delta, Claire to preserve Mark's good name. Behind the façade, Claire is left utterly bereft.

Months later, Alice returns to the Delta – but not in the employ of the oil company. This time she is working for Keme Tobodo. She is no longer part of the problem – she is part of the solution.

Claire is played by Jodhi May; Alice by Naomie Harris; Malcolm by Peter Firth; Angel by Abena Avivor; Noel by Nyahsa Hatendi; Keme Tobdo by David Oyelowo; and Tunde Toye by Getmore Sithole.

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BBC ONE Saturday 27 March 2010
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Formula 1 – Australian Grand Prix Qualifying

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 27 March
5.00-7.30am BBC ONE
1.00-2.15pm BBC ONE

Jake Humphrey presents coverage of the qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix, live, from Melbourne.

Melbourne's Albert Park has traditionally played host to the opening race of the new campaign, but provides the setting for the second race of this year's competition as the drivers look to build on their performances in Bahrain.

Twelve months ago, eventual world champion Jenson Button took pole position ahead of Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello – a result replicated in the race itself.

Jonathan Legard and Martin Brundle commentate on proceedings as the new guard battle it out with some familiar faces for position on the starting grid.

Viewers have another chance to see the Qualifying at 1pm.

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Cycling – World Track Championships

Saturday 27 March
2.15-4.30pm BBC ONE

Jill Douglas guides viewers through day four of the Track Cycling World Championships from Ballerup, Denmark.

Between 1896 and 1956 the Danes hosted the World Championship nine times and the venue, north of Copenhagen, is steeped in history. There are three gold medals up for grabs and British eyes will be trained on Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton, who is expected to go for glory in the women's sprint. She has been world champion in this event four times in the last five years and claimed the title last year in thrilling fashion, defeating her Dutch rival Willy Kanis in a photo finish in the deciding race.

Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead is likely to be going for gold in the women's omnium, which is described as the pentathlon on wheels and will become an Olympic event in 2012.

In the men's madison, home favourites Michael Morkov and Alex Rasmussen are the defending champions after easily beating British sprint sensation Mark Cavendish, who could only finish sixth with partner Peter Kennaugh in Poland last year.

Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman are the commentators.

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Over The Rainbow

High Definition programme
Saturday 27 March
Time to be confirmed BBC ONE

The nationwide search to find a Dorothy – and Toto – to fill the ruby red slippers continues this week as the auditions reach their conclusion. Andrew Lloyd Webber and his panel of experts – Charlotte Church, John Partridge and Sheila Hancock – must choose just 10 girls from the remaining 20 to progress to next week's first live show.

For the first time the audition process is opened up to viewers, allowing them to choose an 11th wildcard Dorothy to complete next week's first live show line-up.

On hand to share their expertise are five of the West End's most successful leading ladies, who work with the girls on their performances.

Over The Rainbow is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

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Casualty

Saturday 27 March
8.50-9.40pm BBC ONE

Wedding bells are in the air for two Casualty favourites this week, as Dixie prepares to tie the knot with Jeff.

It's the day of the wedding and Dixie is sure she's doing the right thing – especially when she sees how proud she's made her sick father. But she has a serious shock in store when she catches sight of the registrar who's presiding over the marriage.

May, meanwhile, is growing in confidence at work and feels the bursary is well within her grasp when she makes a terrible error with a patient. Planning to own up, she soon discovers that Yuki believes the mistake was his, and wonders whether she should let the besotted Yuki take the blame.

Following the death of a patient during the clinical trial, Ruth is adamant that the trial is not at fault and Fairfax maintains that the error must be Jay's for administering an incorrect dose. Jay is furious that Ruth doesn't stand up for him and the situation looks bleak as he's ordered to find the missing patient notes.

Elsewhere, Adam alienates the team when he avoids an outraged Alice; smitten Dr Matt has a romantic surprise for Zoe; and neglectful single mother Trish is shocked to learn she's become a grandmother.

Jane Hazlegrove plays Dixie, Matt Bardock plays Jeff, Laura Aikman plays May, Will Sharpe plays Yuki, Georgia Taylor plays Ruth, Michael Maloney plays Howard Fairfax, Ben Turner plays Jay, Tristan Gemmill plays Adam, Sam Grey plays Alice, Raymond Coulthard plays Matt, Sunetra Sarker plays Zoe and Gabrielle Glaister plays Trish.

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BBC TWO Saturday 27 March 2010
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My Life – My Dad In Prison Ep 6/6

Saturday 27 March
11.30am-12.00noon BBC TWO

Liam with his father, Paul
Liam with his father, Paul

Matt Lucas narrates My Dad In Prison, this week's edition of CBBC's single-subject observational documentary strand, My Life. The film follows the story of six-year-old Liam and finds out what it is like having a father in jail as he takes part, for the first time, in a special homework club run by the prison where his father is an inmate.

Britain has the highest prison population in Europe and, according to the 2006 Prison Reform Trust Bromley Briefings, more children were affected by the imprisonment of a parent than by divorce in the family.

Children visiting parents in prison have to be searched by prison officers at the gates, watched throughout their time inside the prison walls and often spend years celebrating birthdays, school events and religious festivals with one parent missing.

My Dad In Prison gains unique access to a monthly homework club with an accredited programme that teaches dads how to understand and work with their children before each visit, so they are able to make a real contribution to their child's educational progress.

The remaining film in the My Life strand, Children Of The Road, follows a group of Irish traveller children at one of the biggest traveller sites in the country.

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BBC SWITCH
Single, Together, Whatever Ep 4/6

Saturday 27 March
12.50-1.20pm BBC TWO

Single, Together, Whatever continues to follow a group of teenagers over a three-month period, as they share their most intimate thoughts and feelings with BBC Switch viewers.

This week's episode asks how teenagers will know if they're ready for a relationship. Kaytee has met a lad who she likes and who is very vocal with his feelings, but she just can't let herself go and wonders why. Is it him, her or something much deeper?

Stan, meanwhile, under increasing pressure from his friends, fancies a girl and organises a party where he can get to know her better. But his plan of keeping her a secret from his friends becomes seriously flawed as there's nobody to help him out. Does he even want a girlfriend in the first place, or does his lack of confidence mean that he just isn't ready yet?

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Cycling – World Track Championships

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 27 March
4.30-5.30pm BBC TWO

Coverage continues from the Cycling World Track Championships this afternoon, as the women's sprint and omnium events draw to a conclusion.

Olympic gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton will be hoping to add to her four previous world championship sprint titles but competition will be fierce at the Ballerup Super Arena, in Denmark.

Jill Douglas brings viewers all the action.

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Heroes – Upon This Rock Ep 13/19

High Definition programme
Saturday 27 March
10.00-10.45pm BBC TWO

Claire joins the carnival but begins to suspect Samuel has a secret agenda, as the super-powered US drama continues.

Hiro returns to find his friend, Ando, but is disoriented and has trouble communicating, while Samuel seeks out Emma to help him recruit someone with the special ability he needs to make his dream of a homeland a reality.

Hayden Panettiere plays Claire, Robert Knepper plays Samuel, Masi Oka plays Hiro, James Kyson Lee plays Ando, Robert Knepper plays Samuel and Deanne Bray plays Emma. Heroes also features Milo Ventimiglia as Peter, Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli, Saemi Nakarmua as Kimiko Nakamura, Sasha Pieterse as Amanda Strazzulla and Todd Stashwick plays Eli.

Heroes is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

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BBC ONE Sunday 28 March 2010
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Formula 1 – Australian Grand Prix

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 28 March
6.00-9.00am BBC ONE
1.00-3.00pm BBC ONE
Jake Humphrey goes Down Under for the second race of the season
Jake Humphrey goes Down Under for the second race of the season

Jake Humphrey presents live coverage of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, the second race of the 2010 Formula 1 season.

The previous two races at Albert Park have been won by a Briton, with Jenson Button first across the line last year and Lewis Hamilton victorious in 2008.

However, this year the British pair also have to contend with returning legend Michael Schumacher, back in F1 after a three-year hiatus.

The German may be the wrong side of 40 but with four previous wins at Albert Park, few know the track better. Commentary comes from Jonathan Legard and Martin Brundle.

Viewers have another chance to see this race at 1pm.

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Songs Of Praise Ep 13/52

Sunday 28 March
5.00-5.30pm BBC ONE
Aled Jones presents a special programme for Palm Sunday
Aled Jones presents a special programme for Palm Sunday

Songs Of Praise marks Palm Sunday with Aled Jones in the market town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

On Palm Sunday, Christ made a very public and triumphant entry into Jerusalem, arriving as a humble traveller on a donkey. And later in Holy Week a reminder of his humility came when, at the Last Supper, he washed the feet of his disciples and gave the commandment that they love one another.

Many churches and cathedrals still observe the ceremony of the washing of the feet every Maundy Thursday. But the Royal Maundy is a unique ceremony to Britain which reflects Christ's last commandment. Aled has come to Knaresborough to discover the roots of this important date in the Royal calendar.

The year 2010 is the 800th anniversary of the first historical record of a monarch being part of the ceremony. It was in Knaresborough, on 15 April, that King John gave money and clothing to 13 paupers.

Every year, Her Majesty The Queen presents special "Maundy money" to local pensioners in a UK cathedral or abbey. The organisation of the service falls to the Lord High Almoner and the Secretary to the Lord High Almoner – both members of the Royal Household.

Aled interviews the Lord High Almoner, currently Bishop Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester. He also interviews Paul Leddington Wright who, as Secretary to the Lord High Almoner, organises the service. Paul is also the conductor of tonight's Songs Of Praise. He is interviewed for the programme with his father, Peter Wright, who did the same job before him.

St John the Baptist Church, the parish church of Knaresborough, provides the main setting for the hymns, including: All Glory Laud And Honour; My Song Is Love Unknown; and Ride On, Ride On In Majesty. There is also music from the Choir of Derby Cathedral, Stainer's God So Loved The World, and, from Harry Bradford, a boy chorister with the Chapel Royal Choir who always sings with the host cathedral choir at the Royal Maundy service.

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Lark Rise To Candleford Ep 12/12

High Definition programme
Sunday 28 March
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE

The railway has arrived in Inglestone and, with it, the unsettling news that the post office there is to become the main sorting office for the area, as the latest series of the period drama based on Flora Thompson's novel comes to an end. Mr Blakestone, the Inglestone postmaster, has long held a grudge against Dorcas, and she fears he may use his new power to undermine her.

Meanwhile, Fisher Bloom has admitted to Daniel that he aims to win Laura back. Laura is confused by her feelings. She loves Daniel, but his apparent ambivalence towards her leads her to question their relationship, and Fisher's romantic pursuit is beginning to have an effect.

Dorcas invites Blakestone to tea to try to restore good relations, but the postmaster sends Fisher in his place with an ultimatum – sell her post office to Blakestone and the staff will keep their jobs; or he will starve her business by sending mail out directly from Inglestone. Faced with the prospect of her staff losing their positions, Dorcas feels she has no choice but to sell up, even if it means denying Sydney his dream of being postmaster one day. However, when Thomas, Laura and Minnie learn what she is planning, they urge her to resist Blakestone's blackmail and find a way to fight him.

Daniel is heartbroken at the thought of losing Laura, so finds a distraction in mounting a campaign to help Dorcas. In this, he and Laura have a common cause. As she watches Daniel rallying support in Lark Rise to save the post office, she finds his passion for the cause intoxicating, and realises that she still has strong feelings for him. Fisher may be able to sweep her off her feet with romantic words, but she finally understands that this kind of youthful infatuation is fleeting, and that her love for Daniel is made of deeper, longer-lasting stuff.

Buoyed up by the support of her friends and neighbours, Dorcas comes up with an ingenious plan to outwit Blakestone. However, will she succeed in saving the post office, and will a very important visitor be her saviour?

Dorcas is played by Julia Sawalha, Fisher Bloom by Matthew McNulty, Daniel by Ben Aldridge, Laura by Olivia Hallinan, Sydney by Edward Darnell-Hayes, Thomas by Mark Heap and Minnie by Ruby Bentall.

Lark Rise To Candleford is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

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BBC TWO Sunday 28 March 2010
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Cycling – World Track Championships

Sunday 28 March
2.00-5.30pm BBC TWO

Jill Douglas plays host as the World Track Cycling Championships draw to a close with what should be a thrilling final day's action in Ballerup, Denmark.

Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy will be desperate to reclaim the men's sprint title he was unable to defend last year after a serious fall at this venue in the World Cup final. Hoy has looked sharp so far this year and has gone below the 10-second barrier in 200m time-trial qualifiers at three meetings in a row.

Another British Olympic gold medallist, Victoria Pendleton, is expected to go for glory in the women's keirin. Interest in this event has grown dramatically since it was confirmed as an Olympic event for 2012 and Pendleton will face stiff competition from China's Guo Shuang, Australia's Anna Meares and Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite. The men's omnium will also be introduced as an Olympic event at the London Games. Competition is sure to be fierce for this event, which comprises five races of differing lengths. Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman are the commentators.

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Tropic Of Cancer – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman

New series
Sunday 28 March
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO
Simon Reeve meets a local Nubian guide at the spectacular ancient ruins of Abu Simbel
Simon Reeve meets a local Nubian guide at the spectacular ancient ruins of Abu Simbel

Simon Reeve, best-selling author and broadcaster, embarks on his most ambitious journey yet, circling the world following the line that marks the northern border of the Earth's tropical region.

The third leg of Simon Reeve's journey around the Tropic of Cancer takes him from the waters of the River Nile to the edge of the Indian Ocean in Oman.

At the spectacular ancient ruins of Abu Simbel, he meets Nubians struggling to maintain their culture following their displacement by the damning of the Nile and the formation of the vast Lake Nasser in the Sixties.

On the edge of the desert, he meets a Bedouin leader called Ali the Lion, who explains how his people are being forced from their traditional nomadic lifestyle by a seven-year drought that scientists believe is caused by global climate change, one of the greatest challenges facing the Tropics.

Reaching Egypt's remote southern coast, Simon dives in the pristine coral reefs of the Red Sea before crossing the water to Saudi Arabia.

Despite the kingdom's strict religious culture, Simon finds a more surprising side of Saudi life, as he meets young men from the Jeddah Boyz car gang who love to pimp their rides, modifying and personalising their expensive cars.

At the Jeddah Raceway, Simon tries a few tricks in a borrowed Porsche 911, and learns that the authorities are keen for disaffected young Saudi men to let off steam by playing with cars rather than joining militant groups.

Simon then heads to the capital, Riyadh, with his female guide to discuss high heels, underwear and women's emancipation in a flash shopping mall.

Further east across the desert Simon discovers stalled building projects in Dubai, the surreal and spectacular mega city in the sand. However, as well as absorbing the glamour, he meets some of the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from India and Bangladesh who travelled to Dubai in search of work, and hears their horrifying stories of hardship and exploitation.

Crossing the border, Simon arrives in his last stop: Oman – which could not be more different from its brash neighbour. In the ancient city of Niswa, goats are still traded in the livestock market and, amid temperatures of 40C, Simon takes a dip in ice-cold mountain pools.

The government of Oman is keen to protect and promote its wildlife and, at the most easterly point in the Arabian peninsular, Simon finds rare giant green turtles laying eggs on a beach and watches baby turtles hatching and heading into the surf on their own epic journey.

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Wonders Of The Solar System – Dead Or Alive Ep 4/5

Sunday 28 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

This is the penultimate programme in a spell-binding series, in which Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most dramatic locations on Earth to explain how the laws of nature create astonishing natural wonders across the Solar System.

Standing on the edge of the most famous natural wonder on Earth, the Grand Canyon, Brian reflects on the apparent similarity between our home planet and Mars. A photograph of the cliff face of the canyon could be easily confused with photographs taken on Mars. And Mars also has a canyon. In fact, Mars has a canyon so immense that the Grand Canyon would fit neatly into one of its side channels. Yet, if one looks more closely it is apparent that Mars is a cold, geologically dead world; a global desert of ice and dust.

In this episode, Brian examines how the universal laws of nature that govern everything in the Solar System can produce such extraordinarily different worlds. He travels to the tallest mountain on Earth, the volcano Mauna Kea on Hawaii, to show how something as basic as a planet's size can make the difference between life and death. Even on the summit of this volcano, Brian would stand in the shade of the tallest mountain in the Solar System, a volcano on Mars called Olympus Mons, which rises up 27km. But this giant of the Solar System is long dead. No eruptions have refreshed the surface of Mars for billions of years and the lack of volcanic eruptions is at the heart of why Mars died.

The planet was killed off by its small size but Earth's other neighbour, Venus, is so similar to Earth that it has often been called its twin. And more volcanoes have been spotted on Venus than any other planet in the Solar System. However, like Mars, it all went wrong for Venus millions of years ago. Gazing over the vista of the Deccan Traps in India, Brian explains how the remnants of the massive outpouring of lava that stretches out for hundreds of thousands of square kilometres is a small echo of what happened to Venus, and how a massive volcanic outpouring set the planet on a path to self-destruction.

The fifth wonder in the series isn't on a planet at all – it's on a tiny moon of Jupiter, Io. This fragment of rock should be cold and dead. With the volcanic landscape of Eastern Ethiopia as a backdrop, Brian reveals why the rocky surface of Io rises and falls by as much as 100 metres each day, and why that has made Io home to the largest volcanic eruptions in the Solar System, with giant plumes erupting 500km into space.

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BBC THREE Sunday 28 March 2010
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Formula 1 – Australian Grand Prix Highlights

Sunday 28 March
7.00-8.00pm BBC THREE

Viewers can enjoy highlights from the second race of the 2010 Formula 1 season, held at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne.

Reigning drivers' champion Jenson Button is aiming to match last year's flying start to the season. However, the likes of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will all be out to stop him.

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Undercover Princesses Ep 4/4

Sunday 28 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE

With their undercover love quests at an end, Princess Xenia, Princess Sheillah and Princess Aaliya return to their kingdoms and their privileged lives.

Joining them are their guests from the UK, who have come to the princesses' homeland to experience life from a royal point of view.

Viewers can find out which of them – if any – found true love in Essex.

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Network TV BBC Week 13: Monday 29 March 2010

BBC ONE Monday 29 March 2010
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EastEnders

Monday 29 March
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

Just when the Jacksons seem to be settling down to life on Albert Square again, Billie's loyalties are tested as his friends seek revenge against Phil, as the drama continues.

Meanwhile, Chelsea finally makes some progress with Jack. And, after losing Bradley and worrying over Stacey, things take a turn for the better in the Slater household.

Billie is played by Devon Anderson, Phil by Steve McFadden, Chelsea by Tiana Benjamin, Jack by Scott Maslen and Stacey by Lacey Turner.

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CBBC Monday 29 March 2010
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Big Babies Eps 9-13/13

Monday 29 March to Good Friday 2 April
5.45-6.00pm CBBC

A trip to the seaside, a visit to a theme park, a sleepover and a play date are among the adventures lined up for Rocco and Brooks, the hero babies with the heads of grown men, in this week's final episodes of CBBC's innovative comedy series, Big Babies.

On Monday, the baby boys are taken to DinoDinoDinoTown, a dinosaur theme park where every visitor gets a chocolate dinosaur egg.

Budge, Brooks's toy with a mind of his own, is keen to get his paws on the chocolate and sneaks along to hijack the Time Train with the babies on board.

Budge tags along again when the bouncing babies set off for the seaside on Tuesday. This time the aim is to get hold of some seaside snacks. A game of Eye Spy keeps the boys amused, but their holiday is cut short when a hungry Budge causes the car to break down.

On Wednesday, the babies go on a playdate to their friend Calais Savoy's house, where they play their own version of their favourite tv show, Britain's Quite Talented. Calais plays the presenter and Gonch takes the role of the judge, Simon Towel. Daisy's talent is singing, while Rocco can count to a hundred really fast. But when Brooks finally gets his turn he's in the middle of filling his nappy and is unable to perform.

The babies are dressed up as racing drivers on Thursday when Gonch challenges them to a race round the park in their buggies.

The series concludes on Good Friday with Rocco staying at Brooks's house for a sleepover. While the babies share a madcap dream-filled adventure, Budge has a midnight appointment with the biscuit tin.

Big Babies is the creation of comedy collective Broken Biscuits, led by Jon Riche and Spencer Jones, who also stars as Brooks. Martin Collins plays Rocco, Caroline May Jones stars as Calais Savoy, Chiron Miller as Daisy and Doc Brown provides the voice of Budge. Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Free Agents) acts as programme consultant as well as providing the voice of Carole, Brooks's mum.

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BBC ONE Tuesday 30 March 2010
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EastEnders

Tuesday 30 March
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Having fallen seriously behind with the rent, Janine and Ryan enlist Morgan to help them put their new money-making scheme into action, in tonight's visit to Albert Square.

Meanwhile, if Shirley is going to make things work with Phil, she is going to have to deliver some bad news to her best friend, Heather.

Elsewhere, tensions come to a climax between Whitney and Billie. Feeling frustrated with Billie over his loyalties to his old friends, Whitney gives him an ultimatum.

Janine is played by Charlie Brooks, Ryan by Neil McDermott, Morgan by Devon Higgs, Shirley by Linda Henry, Phil by Steve McFadden, Heather by Cheryl Fergison, Whitney by Shona McGarty and Billie by Devon Anderson.

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Holby City

Tuesday 30 March
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE

Jac doesn't let on to the rest of the team that a new patient is her mother, Paula, as the medical drama continues. Paula has returned to see Jac but has fallen ill. Jac breaks the news that she has kidney damage and will need a transplant.

Meanwhile, Oliver wants to win over Connie and Elliot after being late for a session. Oliver passes Penny's research off as his own, wins praise but gets his comeuppance when new nurse Roberta, having witnessed his treachery, tells him some home truths.

Mark tries to win compensation for Maria, but when Vanessa tells her that her career might be in jeopardy as a result, she decides to withdraw her claim. Enraged by Vanessa's interference, Mark resigns.

Jac is played by Rosie Marcel, Paula by Julie Legrand, Oliver by James Anderson, Connie by Amanda Mealing, Elliot by Paul Bradley, Penny by Emma Catherwood, Roberta by Emily Lawrance, Mark by Robert Powell and Vanessa by Leslie Ash.

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Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds – Off The Scale Ep 3/3

Tuesday 30 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Richard Hammond concludes his look at the eye's amazing powers
Richard Hammond concludes his look at the eye's amazing powers

Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds concludes its look at the eye's amazing powers but also the limitations of human vision by venturing into the world of extreme scale and discovering that size really does matter.

In a series showing how new technologies are enhancing our view of the world as never before, Richard discovers that the eye of a needle held at arm's length is pretty much the limit of human vision.

To human eyes, anything smaller is invisible, but that doesn't mean it isn't there. In fact the limit of our eyes is just the threshold of an extraordinary realm – a miniature universe rich with astonishing forms, playing host to a completely different scale of life.

As new technologies allow us to see this powerful hidden world in greater detail than ever before, Richard reveals how a microscopic change to ice crystals can trigger a devastating avalanche.

He also enters the invisible world of the sneeze, discovering just how far its infectious range can extend. And he gets up close to the gravity-defying gecko – at 100,000 times magnification its astonishing secret is finally revealed.

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BBC TWO Tuesday 30 March 2010
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The Delicious Miss Dahl Ep 2/6

Tuesday 30 March
8.30-9.00pm BBC TWO

In a loving mood and inspired by the romance of book shops and Brief Encounter moments at train stations, Sophie Dahl works through some perfect dishes for the three stages of romance, as her cookery series continues.

Sophie's perfect dish for the early stages of courtship, making dinner for a special someone for the first time, is scallops roasted in their shells on a barbeque, with garlic and chilli marinade accompanied by minty peas. She follows this with a glorious mountain of rhubarb and rosewater Eton mess, sprinkled with crystallised rose petals.

As romance develops, the honeymoon phase is all about serving long, lazy breakfasts and brunches. Sophie's dish of choice is cheese soufflé blinis with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.

By the time the relationship reaches the cosy, settled on-the-sofa stage, Sophie's focus is on individual dishes that show you care. She shares her recipe for rich and flavoursome individual shepherd's pies with champ, varying the dish to include meat for her man and, as she is a vegetarian, puy lentils for her.

Next week, Sophie's mood takes a nostalgic turn.

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The Man Who Cycled The Americas – Central America Ep 2/3

Tuesday 30 March
10.35-11.35 pm BBC TWO

The second stage of Mark Beaumont's epic cycle journey takes him into the dangerous territory of northern Mexico.

The young Scot, who broke the record for pedalling around the world, continues his exhilarating and agonising journey along the American Cordillera – the longest series of mountain ranges on the planet which runs from the Alaskan Ranges, past the Rockies to the southern tip of the Andes. In Mexico he enters an area notorious for the shocking scale of drugs-related killings and kidnappings.

On the border with the United States, Mark, who is self-filming the journey, reflects: "There is a bit of trepidation about heading into Mexico. Just two days ago, 18 people were murdered in Juarez. The danger is very real. Having valuable equipment, even just having my camera, and maybe being witness to something I shouldn't, makes me a higher risk and much more valuable."

He is joined on this part of the journey by a local photojournalist from Juarez, who follows in a car as the cyclist makes his way through the outskirts of the city and into the state of Chihuahua, where 1,500 people were kidnapped last year.

A stop in Zacatecas for raucous Independence Day celebrations affords Mark the chance to relax and sample shots of tequila, Mexican style. Woken by a marching band, he shakes off his hangover and takes in another highlight of the celebrations, a premier bull fight. But the "spectacle of death", as one aficionado calls it, gives the traveller pause for thought as he hits the road again.

In a makeshift shrine on the side of the road in southern Mexico, Mark finds a macabre sign that the drugs war is not confined to Juarez and Chihuahua. Flanked by murals of the grim reaper, it is packed with offerings to "la santa muerte" – the holy death – a saint-like figure condemned by the Catholic Church but adopted by drugs gangs.

Fierce tropical thunderstorms and serious damage to his bike cause unscheduled delays and test Mark's resolve to the full. In El Salvador he appears to reach a dead end. Neighbouring Honduras is under military lock-down and the ferry to Panama has sunk. After a few urgent phone calls to the authorities he is able to drive the few hours through Honduras with his bike in the back.

Back on the bike in Panama, Mark reaches the Pacific coast and reflects on his achievement so far. After 135 days on the road, Mark has covered 7,500 miles and is now looking forward to the final leg of his journey to the southern tip of Argentina.

Along the way, he will attempt the second mountain ascent of his journey, Argentina's Mount Aconcagua, having already scaled Mount McKinley in Canada at the start of his remarkable adventure.

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BBC THREE Tuesday 30 March 2010
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The World's Most Dangerous Place For Women

Tuesday 30 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE

Judith Wanga goes back to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the place of her birth
Judith Wanga goes back to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the place of her birth

Twenty-three-year-old Judith Wanga was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but grew up in London. She was sent to the UK by her parents when she was three. Twenty years later she goes back to meet her parents for the first time since she left.

Judith is proud to be British but wants to understand the childhood she missed and find the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of her life.

After a reunion with her parents, Judith visits an area of the country devastated by conflict, where rape has become a weapon of war. Judith meets survivors, women and children as well as perpetrators, and finds out what is driving this brutality.

This discovery of the harsh realities of her homeland gives her a better understanding of why her parents sent her away all those years ago.

The film is narrated by Thandie Newton, who is involved in the work of campaign groups in the UK to stop violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The Gemma Factor Ep 4/6

High Definition programme
Tuesday 30 March
10.30-11.00pm BBC THREE

Agent Kenny lands Gemma a cameo role as a "tavern wench" as the comedy continues. This role demands additional duties, like serving chicken in a basket to a pub audience of pensioners.

Meanwhile, Nell, freshly loved up with Dom, is organising a screening in the coffee shop to support another humanitarian cause. The turnout is poor, but her passion remains undimmed.

Back at the Pack Horse Inn, there are creative tensions and problems when fellow actors don't turn up, leaving Gemma centre-stage as the lead in a hastily improvised murder mystery reconstruction. Jeff plays a characteristically un-heterosexual hero to Gemma's innocent milkmaid and flounces off stage, only to find his more intimate performance with the pub landlord the unwitting grand finale.

Elsewhere, Nan takes in Betty's washing and becomes an unwitting therapist to a very grateful client. Betty finds her advice far more helpful than any professional opinion she's ever had and leaves a new woman, determined to have repeat bookings.

Kenny is played by Angus Barnett, Gemma by Anna Gilthorpe and Jeff by Ross Adams.

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BBC ONE Wednesday 31 March 2010
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Life Of Riley – Nine To Five Ep 3/6

Wednesday 31 March
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Maddy decides the time has come to return to work, as the sitcom starring Caroline Quentin continues. But she quickly discovers that her boss is a bigger baby than her children – and her children don't miss her at all.

Caroline Quentin stars as Maddy.

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Damages Ep 6/13

Wednesday 31 March
10.45-11.30pm BBC ONE

As Tom attempts to recover from the crisis caused by the Tobin fraud, he and Patty defend her actions as trustee for the bankrupted investors, as the American legal drama continues.

Patty enlists the help of jailed con man Sterling Biddle to find the money she believes Tobin has hidden, as well as its link to Tobin's late mistress, Danielle Marchetti. Meanwhile, Tom uses an event at his daughter's school to contact Eric Nichols, the investment adviser who convinced him and his in-laws to invest in Tobin's fund.

Patty suggests to Alex Benjamin that she can prove herself worthy of the job she is after by visiting Biddle behind bars, while Joe Tobin gets assistance from Leonard Winstone in meeting Stuart Zedeck, a man who was key in helping his late father hide the money from the fraud.

Ellen suggests that Tobin may have killed himself (with his doctor's help) to avoid jail, rather than having been murdered as her colleagues at the DA's office suppose.

Elsewhere, Joe discovers that Zedeck has left him a fur coat to give to his mother, Marilyn, rather than the money he expected, but Zedeck later proves he has access to the concealed account.

Biddle indicates that Tobin's money can be located offshore, while Patty's plans to remodel her apartment put her in touch with designer Julian Decker.

Tom promises his bankrupted father-in-law that he will help him out, as he and Patty realise none of their current suspects could have helped Tobin hide his stolen fortune. While they continue to seek his accomplice, Ellen questions Tobin's doctor, Karl Brandt, for the truth about the physician-assisted suicide. Alex discovers Patty has finally hired her, despite her seeming lack of interest, while Tom prepares to question Tobin and Danielle's daughter, Tessa Marchetti, as the clues indicate a Caribbean bank.

Tom is played by Tate Donovan, Patty by Glenn Close, Joe Tobin by Campbell Scott, Leonard Winstone by Martin Short, Ellen Parsons by Rose Byrne, Marilyn Tobin by Lily Tomlin and Julian Decker by Keith Carradine.

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BBC FOUR Wednesday 31 March 2010
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Mad Men – The Gypsy And The Hobo Ep 11/13

High Definition programme
Wednesday 31 March
10.00-10.45pm BBC FOUR

Don makes the most of his time with Suzanne when Betty and the kids leave town for the week, as the series in a New York advertising agency in the early Sixties continues. Out of town, things turn ugly when Betty, William and Milton discuss Gene's will. When Betty seeks legal advice about her marriage with Don, she discovers that divorce would have devastating results.

An old flame of Roger's, meanwhile, challenges Don, Roger and Cooper to reverse the public opinion of her dog food company when it is made public that horse meat features in the ingredients. But her difficult rules complicate the matter for the agency.

When helping Greg prepare for a psychologist residency, Joan draws out a suppressed secret from his past. Later, Roger is pleased when Joan calls him for help but Greg makes an extreme career move without telling Joan. A crisis at home, meanwhile, makes Don forget something important in his car.

Jon Hamm plays Don Draper, January Jones plays Betty Draper, Eric Ladin plays William Hofstadt, John Slattery plays Roger Sterling, Robert Morse plays Bertram Cooper, Sam Page plays Greg Harris and Christina Hendricks plays Joan. Mad Men also features Elisabeth Moss as Peggy, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete, Bryan Batt as Salvatore Romano, Michael Gladis as Paul, Aaron Staton as Ken, Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper and Abigail Spencer as Miss Farrell.

Mad Men is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

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Canoe Man

High Definition programme
Wednesday 31 March
10.45-11.45pm BBC FOUR

Saskia Reeves and Bernard Hill star as Anne and John Darwin in Canoe Man
Saskia Reeves and Bernard Hill star as Anne and John Darwin in Canoe Man

Bernard Hill and Saskia Reeves star as John and Anne Darwin in this fascinating true story that captivated the public's imagination and dominated the world's press in 2007.

The drama begins with John Darwin entering a West London police station in 2007 claiming to have amnesia, having disappeared five years previously in a canoeing accident. After a joyous reunion with sons Mark and Anthony, cracks in the story soon begin to appear.

John has been living secretly with wife, Anne, in their family home and the bedsit next door – accessible through a hole in the bedroom wall hidden behind the wardrobe.

The couple head to Panama to start afresh using the life insurance Anne has received. But, when John realises things aren't going to be as straight forward as he first thought, he believes his best option is to return to the UK and claim to be suffering from amnesia.

It is only when a photograph surfaces of John and Anne together with a Panamanian estate agent that the real events of this extraordinary fraud come to light.

Canoe Man also stars Philip Correia and Jeremy Legat as Mark and Anthony Darwin.

Canoe Man is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

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Network TV BBC Week 13: Thursday 1 April 2010

BBC ONE Thursday 1 April 2010
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EastEnders

Thursday 1 April
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Angered by Whitney's efforts to keep Billie away from them, his former crew takes action against his family and friends, in tonight's visit to Albert Square.

Janine is still hoping to get her hands on Archie's money and, needing a new plan, she sends Ryan after Roxy.

Despite Bradley's death being still fresh in their hearts, the Branning family gather for a big party to celebrate Lauren's birthday. With everyone partying away in R&R, they are a natural target for someone wanting to cause trouble.

Whitney is played by Shona McGarty, Billie by Devon Anderson, Janine by Charlie Brooks, Ryan by Neil McDermott, Roxy by Rita Simons and Lauren by Madeline Duggan.

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Network TV BBC Week 13: Friday 2 April 2010

BBC ONE Good Friday 2 April 2010
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The Day Jesus Died

Good Friday 2 April
9.00-10.00am BBC ONE
Bettany Hughes meets Dr Rowan Williams
Bettany Hughes meets Dr Rowan Williams

Renowned historian Bettany Hughes embarks on a fascinating journey to uncover the meaning of Jesus's death on the Cross, in The Day Jesus Died.

To explore just why the execution of one man 2,000 years ago is still so important today, Bettany enlists a cast of leading figures from British Christianity, including Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury; John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York; Tom Wright, the Bishop of Durham; and Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.

Her investigations reveal that the meaning of Good Friday is not as straightforward as people may think. At different periods in history – during the Roman Empire, in the Middle Ages, in the Reformation and even in the 20th century – the Church has understood the execution of Jesus in surprisingly mixed ways. Was it an act of sacrifice or of forgiveness of sins, an act of justice or love, or an act of everlasting triumph or eternal suffering?

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EastEnders

Good Friday 2 April
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

Tired of playing the rogue, Ryan decides that he needs to put Janine and Albert Square behind him, as the drama continues. With Pat playing cupid, Janine struggles to find the courage to ask Ryan to stay.

Chelsea, meanwhile, struggles to win Carol's approval. Admiring her daughter's loyalty, Denise has a word with Carol on Chelsea's behalf.

It is the anniversary of Danielle's death and she is remembered, with Ronnie and Stacey supporting each other as they lay flowers in her memory.

Ryan is played by Neil McDermott, Janine by Charlie Brooks, Pat by Pam St Clement, Chelsea by Tiana Benjamin, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Denise by Diane Parish, Ronnie by Samantha Womack and Stacey by Lacey Turner.

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BBC FOUR Good Friday 2 April 2010
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Sacred Music – Searching Out The Sacred Ep 4/4

Good Friday 2 April
7.00-8.00pm BBC FOUR (Schedule addition 18 March)

Simon Russell Beale returns to the UK to explore how three very different musical approaches to Christian music have captured the spiritual imagination of our nation, as he concludes his journey through the history of Western sacred music.

Three composers – James MacMillan, Sir John Tavener and John Rutter – provide a special insight into the challenges and rewards of writing sacred music for the 21st century and, through a series of in-depth interviews with each composer, Simon explores both the creative process of composition and the intentions behind their music.

James MacMillan is a devout Roman Catholic for whom the very act of composing music is itself an affirmation of his faith. There's a chance for viewers to see him at the piano in the act of composition and to watch him at work with the monks at Douai Abbey and with the amateur singers at his local church choir in Glasgow. Selections include A Child's Prayer, created in memory of the Dunblane massacre, and a setting of the text O bone Jesu.

John Rutter is probably the best known of any living composer of sacred music, and also the most commercially successful. Simon sets out to discover what it is about his music, from the Shepherd's Pipe Carol to his Hymn to the Creator of Light, which has captured the sprit of our times. In a wide-ranging interview, the composer talks frankly about his love for the Anglican tradition, his musical roots and his own, perhaps surprising, agnostic position.

And, finally, Simon meets Sir John Tavener in a wide-ranging interview in which the distinguished composer is clear about his faith, his inspiration and the deepest roots of his musical development as he delved deep into the mysteries of Byzantium, mysticism and Buddhism. Tavener is still an imposing and authoritative figure and the programme includes performances of Song For Athene and The Lamb.

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